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Samsung Home Theater Projector: SP-H710AE - Projector Review: Summary, Pros, Cons 2

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Art Feierman

If asked what one thing differentiates the Samsung SP-H710AE from it's competition, the answer would have to be (to paraphrase an old line): "It's the picture, stupid!". (no offense!)

SP-H710AE Projector: Pros

  • Excellent overall image quality when viewing high quality movie content, especially off of HD resolution DVD players - extremely "film-like" performance
  • Best "right out of the box" image quality value, of any projector I have reviewed to date, no tweaking needed
  • Excellent shadow detail
  • Excellent highlight detail (near whites)
  • Manual - comprehensive, but could use more practical detail on what certain features and choices offer, (ie, DNIe, SMPTE vs HD vs EBU, etc.)
  • Extremely natural flesh tones
  • Vertical lens shift
  • Three user savable settings
  • Overall good placement flexibility
  • Apparent high build quality, quality look and feel
  • Two component video inputs
  • Quiet in low power mode
  • Overall excellent performance on image noise, jaggies, cadence type issues
  • Supports full 1080/24, 60
  • Styling

SP-H710AE Cons

  • Lack of extra digital inputs (only one - a DVI), would like to see at least two HDMI or DVI
  • Could be brighter
  • Blacks in letter box areas are fairly bright, compared to similarly priced Darkchip3 DLP competitors
  • Tends to reveal flaws in content, such as compressed HD source material from cable (or satellite), can detract slightly in terms of enjoyment compared to less "critical" competitors
  • Changing the lamp, requires unmounting the projector (if ceiling mounting) true of most, but not all home theater projectors

Typical Capabilities of the Samsung SP-H710AE home theater projector

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  • Warranty (2 years parts/labor)
  • Remote control
  • Audible noise levels at full power (a bit noisy, but quieter than many) - not bad, considering
  • Overall brightness is just below average
  • Menu system
  • Price performance - the performance is great, the higher price (relative to other Darkchip2 DLP projectors), matches the higher performance.
  • Ease of use
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In this competition section, please remember that I am mostly conjecturing about the differences and user preferences between the Samsung, and other projectors that I have NOT had in-house at the same time. I do have my BenQ PE-8720 for reference in my theater room (but cannot project both projector's images simultaneously, like I can with other projectors in my testing room. I did, briefly have the Samsung and the Mitsubishi HC5000BL together, as noted elsewhere, and in some side-by-side comparisons in the image quality section.


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